Since their introduction, dental implants have rapidly changed the way that dentists restore missing teeth. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Once the bone has healed around the posts, implants will take the place of natural dental roots, offering support for several different types of restorations. Drs. Joseph D. Murray and William Alexander have years of experience placing and restoring implants. Thanks to their expertise, you can receive permanent restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. At the practice of J.D. Murray DDS & Associates, we can perform every step of your treatment on-site, from preparatory procedures like bone grafting, to placement and restoration of your dental implants. Contact our East Point practice today to learn more about our comprehensive care and find out if implants are right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
We proudly offer implant-supported crowns, bridges, and even full dentures. If you choose an implant-supported denture, we will typically use the innovative All-on-4® placement method. With this technique, your dentist will place four smaller implant posts, which will impact less of your surrounding tissue than traditional implants. Using this advanced technique, your dentist can also attach the denture on the same day as your implant placement. We also offer the innovative Prettau® Bridge. This type of implant-supported denture has a remarkably lifelike appearance.
The Placement Process
Before your surgery, Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will use our state-of-the-art cone beam imaging system to obtain a 3-D view of your jawbone. In this way, we can plan out your implant placement with extreme precision.
For the surgery itself, your dentist will numb your gums and surrounding tissue. Then he will create incisions in your gums and place the implants in your jaw. As your bone heals over the next three to six months, it will seal around the implant posts during a process known as osseointegration. When you have finished healing, your dentist will attach abutment pieces to the tops of the posts. Finally, he will attach your custom-crafted restoration.
On-Site Preparatory Procedures
In order to receive dental implants, you must have a strong and dense enough jawbone to support the implant posts. Fortunately, there are several procedures that can enhance your bone density. For your convenience, we proudly offer these procedures here in the office, including:
- Bone grafting: Using your own bone or a substitute material, your dentist can build up your jawbone structure and create a sturdy foundation for your implants.
- Sinus lift: This procedure is similar to bone grafting, but the dentist will also reposition your sinus membranes to accommodate the implant posts.
- Ridge augmentation: Ridge augmentation will build up your alveolar ridge, the bone just underneath your teeth. The procedure, which is similar to bone grafting, may be especially useful if you have undergone extractions prior to implant surgery.
Though preliminary treatments will extend your treatment timeline by several months, they are often integral to the success of dental implants.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Although Dr. Murray offers several other lifelike restorative options, there are a number of reasons to consider dental implants. First, implants are highly durable. With proper dental hygiene, they could last the rest of your life. Additionally, because implants are permanent, implant-supported restorations will never slip out of place. With these restorations, you can enjoy a more varied diet and a greater sense of freedom. Implants can also help promote your overall oral health. They are the only restorative treatment proven to prevent the jawbone degeneration that results from tooth loss. Most significantly, implant-supported restorations look and feel extremely natural. Your renewed smile can provide you with restored comfort and function, and a greater sense of self-confidence.
Learn More During a Consultation
Repair your smile with restorations that are unrivaled in their stability. Contact our office to schedule your consultation and find out if implants are right for you.